Etymology: from ancient Greek θεραπεία, therapeía (cure), derived from θεραπεύω, therapéuô (to serve, take care of, cure, treat), from θεράπων, therápôn (servant).
What is hand therapy?
Our hand therapists can help patients who have had a hand or wrist injury or surgery, as well as those suffering from wrist or hand pain.
Non-surgical interventions can include a detailed assessment, counseling and a specific pain-free exercise program, a custom-made orthosis, and sports and neuro-proprioceptive taping, and can be used to treat various types of conditions.
These are common situations treated in hand therapy in our CMI Clinics:
- Sports injury
- Ligament sprains
- Stable and nondisplaced fractures
- Mallet finger
- Boutonniere finger
- Swan-neck finger
- Trigger finger
- Crushing injury
- Skier’s thumb
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Wrist tendonitis
Our hand therapists also assist their patients through the hand, finger or wrist rehabilitation in the first few days after surgery. They provide surgical wound care, protective orthotics, desensitization, and state-of-the-art customized safe mobilization plans, while working closely with the plastic or orthopedic surgeon. Our approach can help patients return to their daily activities as quickly as possible following various plastic and orthopedic hand or wrist surgeries:
- Surgery for Dupuytren’s disease
- Tendon and/or nerve injury and repair or reconstruction
- Joint reconstruction and replacement
- Ligament repair and reconstruction
When and why should you consult an occupational therapist specializing in hand therapy?
It is recommended to seek occupational therapy for your hand as soon as possible after the beginning of symptoms or following an injury or surgery.
Our team includes many of the rare Certified Hand Therapists in Quebec who use the most modern methods supported by world leaders in hand surgery and therapy, and who work closely with many of the hand and wrist surgeons in the Greater Montreal area.
The combination of a quick consultation and our expertise regarding the wrist and hand can prevent a multitude of complications and sequelae (stiffness, adhesions, deformity, persistent pain, loss of sensation, etc.).
However, in cases of obvious severe trauma (open wound, displaced fracture, tendon/nerve laceration, etc.), you should go to the emergency room and see a plastic or orthopedic surgeon before consulting with us for hand therapy.
What should you expect from a session at the wrist and hand center?
Our health care professionals specializing in hand therapy will first assess your hand and upper limb extensively to establish a therapeutic plan tailored to your needs and condition in both our Saint-Laurent and Longueuil clinics.
Your therapist can contact your doctor if necessary.
He or she will then provide close follow-up throughout your recovery to support and guide you through the process using a combination of counseling, safe mobilizations, specific exercises, orthotics, taping, etc.
We will adjust our interventions proactively to support your evolution and maximize your results!
Costs of a therapeutic hand treatment
CNESST and SAAQ clients:
A physician’s referral and an occupational therapy authorization are required.
The costs are covered by the CNESST or the SAAQ.
Direct access – a physician’s referral is not required
Please check our rates for more details
The cost of a hand therapy session is not covered by the RAMQ.
Need a hand therapy session?
Make an appointment quickly and let us heal you at one of our CMI Physiotherapy Clinics